Academic Programs Catalog

College of Education

Department of Educational Administration

Graduate Study
Student Affairs Administration - Master of Arts

The master's degree program in student affairs administration is designed for persons who plan to be employed in this field within institutions of higher education.  The program is designed to enable students to achieve an understanding of educational administration, higher education, and student affairs administration. Course work in the major integrates theory and practice.  Courses can be chosen to reflect a student's interest in administration and leadership, teaching and learning, or adult development, and to build skills in academic advisement, training and development, communications, or counseling.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Education, students must meet the requirements specified below.


Applicants must submit a written statement of their volunteer experiences and interests that are related to the field of student affairs administration.  The three required letters of recommendation must be from persons who are  acquainted with the applicant's (1) academic and employment performance and (2) potential for graduate work and professional administration in higher education.  Applicants must be available for an interview. 

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Student Affairs Administration

The program is available only under Plan B (without thesis).  The student must complete 40 credits distributed as follows:

1. All of the following courses (25 credits):  
  EAD 805 Administration in Higher Education 3
  EAD 870 Foundations of Postsecondary Education 3
  EAD 871 Collegiate Contexts for Teaching and Learning 3
  EAD 873 The College Student Experience 3
  EAD 874 Student Affairs in Collegiate Settings I 3
  EAD 875 Student Affairs in Collegiate Settings II 3
  EAD 889 Research and Assessment in Student Affairs 3
  EAD 893 Professional Development Seminar in Student Affairs 4
2. Two or three courses selected from EAD course offerings approved by the student's academic advisor (6 to 9 credits)  
3. Two or three additional courses in such areas as academic advisement, training and development, communications, and counseling approved by the student's academic advisor (6 to 9 credits).